MAKING HISTORY WITH A GLOBAL AMPHITHEATRE
Gala de Danza is the heart of culture and art in Los Cabos, México. Since the summer of 2013, Gala de Danza has brought together artists from around the world to help enrich the lives of young dancers and the community. Dancers, choreographers and musicians from 20 different countries, have shared their talents in Los Cabos.
With each year that passes, collaborations between talented artists continue to grow; Derek Hough (Emmy Award Winning choreographer, Dancing with the Stars), Sammy Hagar (Grammy Award Winner & Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Legend), David Lomeli (Placido Domingo's protégé and gifted tenor), Jorge Viladoms (concert pianist and GQ's Musician of the Year), Josie Walsh (Artistic Director of BalletRED and Joffrey Ballet School Los Angeles & San Francisco), Misty Copeland (principal with American Ballet Theatre), Ekaterina Kondaurova (principal with Mariinsky Ballet), Daniel Ulbricht (principal with New York City Ballet), Yulia Zagoruychenko & Riccardo Cocchi (Six-Time World Latin Ballroom Champions) and Youth America Grand Prix finalists, just to name a few. Gala de Danza believes in collaborations and diversity within all forms of the performing arts, giving way for the future development of a music and dance festival.
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR + FOUNDER
Christina Lyon was born in Newport Beach, California and began dancing at the age of twelve. She studied with Yvonne Mounsey, former principal dancer with New York City Ballet and Rosemary Valaire formerly of the Royal Ballet. At age thirteen, she was invited to train at the prestigious Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow, Russia. She was awarded the Friends of Joffrey Scholarship and was the first place winner of the Los Angeles Music Center Spotlight Awards. She also spent many summers on merit scholarship at School of American Ballet in New York. At sixteen, she was invited to join American Ballet Theatre where she toured internationally with the company. She was also a guest artist with English National Ballet in London and Bavarian National Ballet in Munich. She has worked with such luminaries as Margot Fonteyn, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Natalia Makarova, Maya Plietstskya, Agnes DeMille, Twyla Tharp and Gelsey Kirkland.
Lyon is the Artistic Director and Founder of Gala de Danza. The gala is designed to bring the world’s elite artists to Mexico in an event to enrich the community. In collaboration with Youth America Grand Prix, providing performance opportunities to young dancers, the talented finalists are invited to perform with the outstanding guest artists from around the world. In addition, Gala de Danza's collaboration with Danza Téllez's "Danza que da Esperanza" in San José del Cabo, BCS, México, offers full dance scholarships to children in vulnerable situations, bringing them hope and opportunities. The support and sponsorship of the community has been extraordinary and has made it possible to continue the event as an annual tradition.
"It is not about being the biggest Gala in the world but simply THE BEST." - Christina Lyon
Lourdes Téllez is a talented Mexican choreographer and dancer, with more than twenty-five years of experience in classical & contemporary ballet, modern and international dance. Téllez studied in Mexico City and Canada under the guidance of Sonia Vartanian, Natasha Isbinsky and Max Ratevosian of the Vaganova School in St. Petersburg, Russia, and Violette Verdi who trained under George Balanchine of the New York City Ballet. She has also worked closely with Elena Davidova of the National Ballet of Russia and Nicolai Kabaniev of the Mariinsky (Kirov) Ballet.
Téllez has performed in many dance companies including Les Ballets Classiques de Montreal, Les Ballets Eddy Toussaint in Montreal, and Thibault and Daveleuiy Dance Theater in Quebec, Canada. In 1987 she joined the organizing committee of the International Carnival of Mazatlan as the choreographer of the main events, a position she held for several years. Two years later, she was invited by the State Government of Sinaloa for the development of an Art Education 4-year degree program in Dance at the "Francisco Martínez Cabrera" Institution, where she also was a teacher and director of the dance program.
In 1987, Téllez established Danza Téllez, a professional ballet and dance school in Mazatlán Sinaloa, and then in 2006 in San José del Cabo. Later she created Centro Integral de las Artes (CIArt), a dance ensemble company that helps revive the history of Los Cabos by creating productions rich in cultural traditions through dance, theatre and music.
In 2010, she met Christina Lyon and one year later they brought their passion and love for dance together and established the first Gala de Danza. In 2015, CIArt and Danza Téllez in collaboration with Gala de Danza created "Danza que da Esperanza" (Dance that Gives Hope). A program that offers full dance scholarships to children in vulnerable situations, bringing them hope and opportunities.
THE VISIONARIES OF GALA DE DANZA
Artistic Director + Founder
LAURA R. ALFARO
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About Page: Mariana Carrillo, Christina Lyon, photos by Dan Krauss, GDD 2017. Lourdes Téllez, photo by Mauricio Lopez, GDD 2018.
Featuring Dancers: Mariana Carrillo; Christina Lyon, Artistic Director + Founder of Gala de Danza; Lourdes Téllez, Associate Director.